The Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) is pleased to announce the award of six new research grants to University of Chicago faculty and students for economics research in Brazil. The inaugural Haddad Research Grants for the Study of Economics in Brazil will help promote ground-breaking research on a range of diverse topics, including projects directly focused on Brazil as well as those that leverage Brazilian economic data for broader questions.

Grants are intended to support a number of research activities, including the purchase of new data sets and software, hiring of research assistants, and travel. When published, the insights gleaned from this research will have real-world impacts across a variety of topics and fields of study.

This research opportunity is made possible through the generous support of BFI Advisory Council Member Claudio Haddad. This is the inaugural opportunity for grants to study economics in Brazil. A second opportunity will be announced in 2020.

BFI is proud to announce the 2019 recipients of the research grants, listed below, along with the research the grant will be supporting.

2019 Awards

Emanuele Colonnelli, Assistant Professor of Finance, Liew Family Junior Faculty Fellow and Fama Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business
Research: Provide the first empirical estimates of how politics affect firms and workers in Brazil, and estimate whether there are wage premia for workers based on shared affiliation with owners.

Greg Kaplan, Professor in Economics and the College, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
Gustavo de Souza (Student Award), PhD Student, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
Research: Understand the wage, skill, and labor share implications of developing-country reliance on technology produced by developed countries.

Kilian Huber, Assistant Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business
Research: Study the dynamics of shock propagation in the Brazilian payment network, and examine how shocks to individual firms spill over to other firms through production chains and labor markets.

Bruce Meyer, McCormick Foundation Professor, Harris School of Public Policy
Steve Durlauf, Steans Professor in Educational Policy, Harris School of Public Policy
Lucas Mation (Student Award), PhD Student, Harris School of Public Policy
Research: Investigate intergenerational mobility in Brazil and its causes, documenting mobility patterns in a middle-income country with very high cross-sectional income inequality and considerable informality.

Heather Sarsons, Neubauer Assistant Professor of Economics and Diane Swonk Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business
Research: Explore how firms operating in different regions set wages across these regions to understand implications for capital flows and employment.

Constantine Yannelis, Assistant Professor of Finance and FMC Faculty Scholar, Booth School of Business
Research: Study the effectiveness of income-driven repayment (IDR) plans for student loans in Brazil through a series of randomized control trials.

More information on BFI research grants can be found on the faculty intranet here.